By Stephanie Ciccarelli
August 2, 2009
Have you ever noticed the voice overs that are played at amusement parks and on rides?
From my experience, voice overs at theme parks, fairs, and the like have one of three purposes, which are to Entertain, Teach, and help keep you Safe.
You may have also noticed that often two of those purposes are combined, if not all three.
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Not too long ago, we explored the voices of the Disney Monorail and the voice actors behind the magic. An interview with legendary voice talent, the late Thurl Ravenscroft, is displayed on our video blog demonstrating how voice over is used in exhibits at Disney World on rides such as the Haunted Mansion. Ravenscroft performed a number of the voices at Disney in addition to other work such as the voice of Tony the Tiger for Kellogg's.
In Chicago at Navy Pier, there is a male voice over that shares historical facts about the city's first Ferris Wheel and describes other points of interest to captive audiences as they ride for seven minutes and get a whole new perspective of life in The Windy City. The voice over is interspersed with thematic anthems celebrating Chicago as sung by Frank Sinatra. Perhaps you've encountered similar voice overs at parks meant to educate as well as entertain?
Another example of how voice over is used at parks is to instruct, instill caution, and remind passengers of their responsibilities during the ride to make their experience a safe and enjoyable one. These reminders could be to pull the safety bar down, fasten seat belts, or to keep arms and legs inside the ride at all times. There may even be instruction for what to do if the rider becomes ill and wants to get off. Near the end of the ride, the voice over lets passengers know that the ride is coming to an end and thanks them for riding while giving directions on where to exit.
In tomorrow's article, we'll talk about why voice overs in amusement parks are necessary and beneficial from an owners point of view.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments!